• Happy Australia Day!

    It’s Australia day (well, the observation of the day. It was actually on Saturday!) It’s been 5 years to the day that we arrived here and made this place home. The decision to move wasn’t made overnight and was never made lightly. We sold/gave away/left everything we had ever owned to start fresh in a new country with just the few things we were able to save. Our son was less than 2 years old, still speaking baby gibberish, and we took him away from the only home – the only family, he had known. I left my extended family behind and everything I had ever claimed to know.

    5 years later, we are all doing well.

    MJ is happy to be home and feels he’s getting more accomplished than he had in NJ with his own business and slowly fulfilling our ambitions.

    LJ took to Australia like a fish to water. He’s a regular Aussie eating meat pies and sausage rolls and chips not fries, with sauce not ketchup. CJ has only ever known Australia as home and he’s growing up to be a fair dinkum Australian. To both boys, America sounds like a faraway magical place with yummy food, theme parks, and strangers for family, they would like to visit but never live because they are and will forever be Aussie boys.

    “No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

    I like to think I have adjusted nicely. I still miss home desperately but the home I miss is the home in my memories.  I know that so much has changed in NJ that in all honesty, I couldn’t imagine living back there. Trust me, I have thought about moving back a lot these past 2 years but I wouldn’t want to run the risk of uprooting my children from their home for a home that doesn’t really exist anymore.

    It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”  

    I have made considerable strides to make this place my home and I think I have achieved it.  I’m working, driving, shopping, meeting people, living…

    5 years later, I’m not only an American living in Australia but also an Australian who has lived in America.

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